Michael's Daemonic Doodles

...blogging bits of BSD

Converting a single disk ZFS pool into a ZFS mirror without rebooting

We have a couple of cheap servers using a single 1 TB drive connected to the on-board Intel SATA controller and wanted to add a second hard drive to improve reliability. The following instructions show how to convert the ZFS pool into a mirrored pool without rebooting.


Creating backup signature keys using GnuPG batch mode

I'm currently working on a new backup setup using duplicity (sysutils/duplicity). For this purpose I'm using separate keys for encrypting and signing the backup. Each host has its own signature key which enables the backup server to verify the integrity and authenticity of the backup. Since the backup is performed automatically, these keys should have no pass-phrase set. Using batch mode (and a little bit of python - duplicity is written in python anyway) creating signature keys is easy to do and doesn't require the installation of any of the pin-entry ports for GnuPG.